Unconfessed sin has a damaging effect upon the one who has sinned and those who are closely associated with them. There is almost like a domino effect, that may not occur all at once, but its effects are far-reaching. At first, there is denial. As time continues, reality settles in and it causes one to look introspectively. We try to run away from things that we do not wish to confront, but in order to be restored to our place in God…the confrontation is a must.
It happens to all of us. Those whom we hold in high esteem…and those to whom we barely give a second thought. No one is exempt from the chaos that comes from doing something that is in violation of God’s intended purpose and plan for their lives. We are faced with so many options on a daily basis. But as my Aunt Pat once told me, “Everything that glitters is not gold.” This corresponds to something the Apostle Paul stated centuries before,
“All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient (profitable): all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any…What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s…” (1 Cor. 6:12,19,20).
How we carry ourselves has an impact on our lives in eternity. These are the things we must never forget. However, there are far-reaching implications and consequences while we still remain here on earth as well. The lie. The stolen item. The affair. The slanderous assault. The anger. The rebellion. The list goes on…Over time, we feel as though we have escaped from the clutches of our conscience; but the truth is, the more we engage in the sinful act, the more we become desensitized to it. At this point, what was once a sin has now become a part of our daily norm.
We cannot move forward into God’s destiny and plan for our lives until we acknowledge what we have done and confess it to God. After we have confessed it, we have to repent, or turn and walk away from the sin. Then we must ask for Divine assistance from the Holy Spirit to keep us away from it.
Sounds like I am speaking from personal experience?…well, this is because I am. Every now and then, I get a little reminder of who I am supposed to be. Then I realize that it is not who I have been. So it is left up to me to make a conscious decision to stop, look, and listen…because these moments are warning signs for what lies ahead should I choose to continue on this path. Knowing that I will be faced with challenges is not a license to concede, but having this knowledge is designed to help me to succeed.
The choice is our very own…we have to choose to accept this fact…and stop ignoring reality…#thinkonthesethings